Bourbon Pound Cake with Pecans

Bourbon Pound Cake

This bourbon pound cake is our version of a southern classic. Adding bourbon to both the cake and the buttery glaze gives this dessert an incredible flavor! Allowing the glaze to soak in while the cake is still warm gives this cake intense flavor! The crunch of the buttery pecans and the tender cake is the perfect bite!

We used Heigold Bourbon from Rabbit Hole Distillery. The toasted flavor of this rich bourbon comes thru with an amazing flavor in this cake. We used it in the cake batter, along with the glaze that seeps through with incredible flavor.

Sprinkled with a bit of powdered sugar, and served up with a glass of bourbon, this cake is sure to impress your friends and family!

butter pecan pound cake with powder sugar on top with a slice out. And a glass of boutbon

Bourbon Pound Cake with Pecans

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baking, bourbon, pound cake
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 717kcal
Author: Bruce and Dina Miller


Ingredients for bourbon pecan bundt cake:

  • 4 tbls butter
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ cups packed brown sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbls bourbon
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Ingredients for bourbon glaze:

  • 12 Tbl. butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbls. bourbon
  • 1 ½ Tbls. vanilla extract


  • Instructions for cake
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees 
  • Grease and flour bundt pan 
  • Place 4 tablespoons butter and chopped pecans on a sheet pan. Roast pecans until golden brown, about 8 - 10 minutes stirring halfway through. Remove from pan and allow to cool. 
  • Whisk flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl.
  • Combine vanilla, bourbon and buttermilk in a separate bowl. 
  • Mix butter in a stand mixer until smooth and fluffy, turning almost white, Add in sugars and blend until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until just incorporated. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour. 
  • Fold in toasted pecans. Pour batter into prepared bundt pan.  
  • Bake at 325 degrees F for 65 to 70 minutes until dry crumbs remain on a toothpick.  While cake is baking make the glaze. 

Instruction for making glaze:

  • Melt the butter and sugar in a small pan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add in the bourbon and heat until small bubbles appear around the edge of the pan. Add in vanilla and remove from heat. Allow to cool while the cake is baking. 
  • When cake is out of the oven, poke holes in the bottom of the cake with a wooden skewer. Pour the glaze over the entire bottom of the cake and allow to soak in. Let the cake cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Invert bundt pan and remove the cake from pan. 


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 717kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 352mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 70g | Vitamin A: 774IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 2mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

Hi, we are Bruce and Dina Miller. We love to cook every night. We enjoy making a few healthy dishes, and also comfort food. We love crafting cocktails too! Come take a look, we would love to share our recipes with you.


  1. Charlotte Reply

    5 stars
    This is wonderful! The batter was more than my
    Bundt pan would hold, so I had 2 bonus small
    loaf cakes. Gave me a chance to try it before I
    took it to share at work. Will definitely make it again!

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply


      Bonus for you! So glad you gave this a try! Excited to know you will make it again!

      Thank you for the 5 star rating! We are honored!!

      Dina and Bruce

  2. Amanda Wren-Grimwood Reply

    5 stars
    Just made your pecan pound cake for the family and it was a definite hit. Simple to make and such a great tast too.

  3. Kristine Reply

    5 stars
    What a great bundt cake! I loved the flavor and it was perfectly moist and fluffy. Great recipe!

  4. Beth Reply

    5 stars
    I love the bourbon infusion into this sweet pound cake. It’s so good! I had it with vanilla ice cream, and it was amazing.

  5. Paula Reply

    5 stars
    Loved the richness of the flavors in this Bourbon pound cake. Glorious!!!

  6. Lauren Reply

    5 stars
    Absolutely loved all of the flavors in this bourbon pound cake. It was easy to make too, which is always a plus. I would make this again.

  7. Andrea Reply

    5 stars
    Wow, this bourbon pound cake looks and sounds incredible. I can’t wait to make one. Yum!

  8. Heather Reply

    5 stars
    Beautiful and flavorful! Such a fabulous cake, the bourbon really elevates the flavor, thanks so much!

  9. kushi Reply

    5 stars
    Gorgeous and delicious pound cake recipe. Thanks alot for sharing.

5 from 9 votes

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